13-Year-Old Shooting Victim Out Of Hospital

Family members say Johnny Smith had spent his Father's Day on a 4-wheeler. But when he returned to his Clay County home Sunday night, police say he had also been drinking heavily.

"Apparently he was in an intoxicated state," said Ky. State Police Trooper Don Trosper.

Neighbors say Smith has a big family, lots of kids, and police say Smith got into argument with one of his older daughters.

"As the family tried to leave the residence.and let things settle down, that's when he stepped out and fired a shot at the car," said Trooper Trosper.

Police say Smith didn't hit the daughter he was angry with. Police say his younger, 13-year-old daughter was hit. Family members say the bullet hit her in the face.

Family members say the shooting was just an accident. They say Smith did not intend to hurt his own daughter.

Whether it was an accident or not, neighbors say the incident is a shocker, especially for a father to so many kids to do this on a day set aside to being honored.

"I guess Father's Day is considered a holiday and you're wanting to have a good day and honor your father and an incident like this occurred.," said Trosper.

The girl, Amber Smith, has been released from Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Johnny Smith is being held on a $25,000 full cash bond. He declined our request for an interview.


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  • by kwood Location: ky on Jun 18, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    If the story was a little different, say a robber fired a gun at a car full of people trying to get away from him and the bullet hit a 13-year old passenger, NO BODY would be calling her injuries an accident. Domestic violence is a crime--period.
  • by S Location: KY on Jun 17, 2008 at 09:08 PM
    It doesn't matter if he was drinking, drugging, or hopping on one foot. The point is he didn't have ANY concern for ANY of his children, or the thought would never have entered his mind to fire a gun towards that vehicle. I'm glad the little girl is going to be okay, but the memory she will carry, will never be forgotten. And the thoughts that are probably running through the mind of the daughter he "was" shooting at......just think about it. If he really loves his children, he'll admit his crime and do his time. He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges, knowing he could have easily killed any one or more of his children. He doesn't deserve to be in their home any longer or have any contact with them whatsoever. He lost those rights when he took his first step towards the house to get the gun. I hope he does serious time for this.
  • by Cindy Location: Orleans, Indiana on Jun 17, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    Tragic. My cousin's oldest son died May 10 and was found on Mother's Day morning dead at 29 years old. He has 3 small children. So many sad stories this year.
  • by CLS Location: Pikeville on Jun 17, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    TO UNKNOWN: yeah..sounds like a great family guy..how can you defend the actions of some idiot firing a gun at any of his children??? you must live way deep in the holler...
  • by SB Location: CUMBERLAND on Jun 17, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    "FAMILY MEMEBERS SAY THE SHOOTING WAS AN ACCIDENT. THEY SAY SMITH DID NOT INTEND TO HURT HIS OWN DAUGHTER." HE POINTED A GUN AT THE VEHICLE AND PULLED THE TRIGGER!!!! COME ON.....HE INTENDED TO HURT SOMEONE.
  • by Amber Location: Manchester on Jun 17, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    im doing okay everybody just to let you know.. my family is doing good.. but i do also say that was a crazy too myself :D
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Jun 17, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    The legislature will let him out in 6 months!
  • by grumpy on Jun 17, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    look up accident in dictonary this was not an accident this guy is an idiot a drunk with a gun that aimed his gun at the car it need to be picked up by the commanwelth and not his familys choice
  • by Carol Location: Whitley County on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM
    This is not just an accident to be overlooked because this was a good man or father....and hopefully this will be prosecuted regardless of whether the wife or child wish to pursue it. This is not just a family matter, but a crime...abused women/children live in fear for their lives on a daily basis, and it's nothing unusual for the family to try to smooth things over because if they don't it will just make him madder. The place for this guy is in jail, in an anger management class, and possibly in substance abuse treatment...all of course would have to be court ordered. Let's pray for strength for the entire family, and pray that the right things will be done to protect the wife and kids, and also for the perpetrator to get the help he needs. (Even though he won't admit he needs any help and would say it was all the kids/wife's, etc...fault)...Same old story, different people...that will go on and on until the cycle of violence and psychological abuse is broken.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Jun 17, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    @unknown Location: manchester on Jun 16, 2008 at 09:33 PM: Are you kidding me? You think it was an accident? (edited) Maybe you are related to the stupid father; you know, the one that FIRED A GUN into a car with his children! (edited)
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